Mawene glad he slammed fellow Dons

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Aberdeen defender Youl Mawene said he was right to criticise his team-mates for their poor start to the season.

The Frenchman slammed his colleagues after their 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock last month but they appear to have finally turned the corner with two wins on the bounce.

A 4-0 win over Dunfermline followed by Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Dundee United has given the Dons a major confidence boost ahead of a testing Old Firm double-header. And the former Preston North End player believes his team-mates have responded well to the criticism.

Mawene said: “We couldn’t win a game and something had to change. I was trying to stir things up a bit to try to get a reaction. I’m not saying that is the reason why the results have improved but I feel overall we are more determined.

“All of a sudden the goals are going in and we look more solid. We still have to improve as we didn’t play as well as we did against Dunfermline but we have to remain positive and keep working hard.”

Iceland international Kari Arnason opened the scoring for the Dons before Mawene and his central defensive partner Andrew Considine sealed the victory, a tap in from United’s Lauri Dalla Valle giving the visitors a mere consolation goal.